COLUMBUS (AP) -- The state's Department of Agriculture is investigating whether four Ohio dogs had the same illness before dying and whether that disease was caused by a newly detected virus.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the department on Friday asked veterinarians in the state to watch for symptoms of vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy. Veterinarians were also instructed to contact the state should they suspect the illness. A department spokeswoman says owners whose pets have those symptoms should call their veterinarian.
. Erica Hawkins says "supportive therapies" can be helpful in treating the illness if started early on.
A fecal sample from one of the dead dogs tested positive for canine circovirus, a newly isolated virus.
Hawkins says it is unknown where the virus comes from and how it spreads.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com